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Falcon softball dominates North Central 27-0 and 40-0

April 6, 2006

The wait is finally over for the UW-River Falls softball team to take to their home field. The Falcons played their first home games on April 4, and won in a dramatic fashion beating a visiting North Central 27-0 and 40-0.

These high scoring games were strange for the players.

“I don’t really know what to say, it was a weird game,” freshman Kelly Quinn said.

Junior Margo Taylor agreed. She said that it was a rough game to play in.

“In the first inning we scored 17 runs, in both games I think,” Taylor said. “We batted through the order three times in one inning. I feel bad for the other team.”

The leader in hits for the first game was Amanda Peters, who went 4-5 and she had three RBIs. Ashley James was close behind Peters, going 3-4. James also had seven RBIs. In the second game, Amanda Wojnowia went 5-5 and also scored five runs. She finished the day with four RBIs as well.

Quinn was on the mound for the Falcons and she pitched a complete game where she only allowed two hits.

Head coach Faye Perkins made a few changes to the Falcons lineup after her team had worked their way into such a big lead. She told the women to stop stealing bases and she also switched the positions of some of her players.

UW-RF only played five innings in both games. Taylor said that in college, a game has to be at least five innings long to be considered a legal game.

Perkins put different players in positions than they were usually in to get them experience before the conference games started.

A large number of River Falls fans were in attendance to see the huge victories put on by the Falcons. The members of the team were very pleased with the fan support at the game.

“It was great,” Taylor said. “Today we got a lot of grief from fans coming up to us and asking us if all our competition was going to be that easy.”

The Falcons next game is against conference foe UW-Oshkosh on April 8. Game time is at 3 p.m. in Oshkosh. On April 9, they continue on the road at UW-Whitewater.

River Falls returns home on April 11, to play Hamline University at 4 p.m. This game was originally scheduled for earlier in the season, but was canceled due to weather and playing conditions. They also play their first conference game at home on April 14 against UW-Eau Claire at 1 p.m.

“We are going to have to adjust to faster pitching,” Quinn said. “But these games were definitely a confidence booster.”